You might have already heard about Chiropractic Medicine and I guarantee there’s a huge chance that you or someone you know might want to try this bone shaking experience. I mean, who wouldn’t right? The sound of bone cracking is even enough to make you feel relieved from whatever is stressing you right now. Believed to have its roots from folk medicine of bonesetting, chiropractic has truly come a long way and is now one of the most sought after form of Alternative Medicine.
Before you set your very first appointment to a chiropractic clinic, you might want to know a couple of things about chiropractic medicine. This will help you shape your decision and most importantly guide you in your choices.
Is Chiropractic Medicine Safe?
Hearing a lot of bone cracking might make you wonder if this procedure is truly safe and warrants no danger to your bones especially to your delicate spine. Generally speaking, chiropractic medicine is relatively safe. Chiropractic Medicine is practiced by health care professionals called Chiropractors. They are highly trained and highly skilled individuals who spend a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised clinical training (WHO 2005 Chiropractic Guideline).
Although there is no formal education for a chiropractor, someone who wants to practice in the field needs to have an extensive education. Before someone become a certified chiropractor, an individual needs to finish a science related undergrad course and enroll in a 4-year chiropractic program after. In fact, all states in the US requires all chiropractors to obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in order to practice.
Technically, you are in good hands every time you have a chiropractic session. The bone-cracking sound you hear is not dangerous and pose no threat to your spine or any bone being treated by the chiropractor.
What Happens During My First Session?
The first chiropractor session is very much like a routine physical examination. Your chiropractor will ask you a couple of questions that focuses on your complaint. Before you visit your chiropractor for the first time, make sure you take note of the following:
- Don’t try to hide anything – it is very important for a chiropractor to know the whole extent of your complaint, be sure to answer questions honestly as this will help your chiropractor treat your condition.
- List down all your medications.
- If you are medically diagnosed to have a condition, tell it to your chiropractor.
- Relax, don’t try to stiffen up during examination and the procedure.
What do Chiropractors Treat?
The 70 000 plus certified chiropractors in the US treat different conditions related to neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders, especially those that are in spinal of origin. This includes:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Hand Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Hip Pain
If you have a problem in your back area, don’t be surprised if your chiropractor tries to manipulate other areas of your body, for example, your ankle or your hips. This is relatively common since a misalignment in any one of these segment could also misalign your spine.
How Often Do You Need To See a Chiropractor?
Different chiropractors and different chiropractic clinic have different philosophies when it comes to the frequency of treatment. The most common frequency of treatment is 3 times a week with a one-day interval. However, this might change depending on your situation. A chiropractor might suggest a daily visit for adjustments that gradually lessens.